Report: Texans turned down Hard Knocks

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Chalk up another no vote for being on this year’s edition of Hard Knocks.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans turned down an invitation to be on the show this year. As a team coming off their first playoff appearance in history and a playoff win over the Bengals with designs on more this season, it is easy to see why the Texans would be an appealing choice for the program.

No one from the Texans has commented on the report. On Twitter, McClain called Gary Kubiak “about as private a coach as you’ll find” by way of explaining why the Texans passed on the opportunity.

That’s pretty much what Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said on PFT Live on Wednesday about why the Redskins aren’t interested in appearing on the show. The Falcons, Jets and 49ers have also fallen out of the running for the show in recent weeks. The Jaguars are the one team that has publicly expressed their desire to have cameras at training camp, but there’s no sign yet that Blaine Gabbert will be beamed into our homes via HBO this summer.

26 responses to “Report: Texans turned down Hard Knocks

  1. This makes zero sense since they were lobbying to be on it last year. Would have been great exposure for a virtually unknown team outside of Houston.

  2. Well that sucks! Would have loved to have seen them on there. But hey I’m sure every team that says no has their reasons.

  3. If I have to watch Blaine Gabbert and the Jags on Hard Knocks Ill cancel my HBO. TORTURE!!!!

  4. I think that now Mr. McNair has an offense and a defense, with Kubiak and Phillips, he would rather let his coaches do what they do best, in their comfort, and let that publicity and attention come naturally. Smart, if you ask me.

  5. Jaguars may be a vanilla football team, but their beat writers include an octegenarian porn hound named Vito, and a beligerent drunk club hopping hottie named Tania.

  6. Why them???

    Listen, the Texans are my AFC pick to go to the Super Bowl; but they’re not that entertaining for “Hard Knocks”!!!

  7. No team who has ever been on Hard Knocks has gone to the SuperBowl that year..Good for them… Texans SuperBowl bound,baby…

  8. To anybody watching the show with an OPEN MIND, the Jaguars are actually a pretty good candidate.

    New coach, new owner, QB competition between Henne & Gabbert, MJD holding out for a new contract…. Sounds like a pretty good show.

  9. As a Texans fan, I am not surprised. Gary Kubiak does everything that Mike Shanahan does. He hired Mike’s son to run Mike’s offense, he signed John Beck after Mike Shanahan released him, and neither are worth the money they are being paid at this point. Gary is 47-49 in six seasons with 1 playoff berth so unless he goest 12-4 and wins the division, it looks like he and Mike will be doing else together: Looking for a new job.
    At this point, I would rather have Wade Phillips as our coach and defensive coordinator then we should hire Norv Turner to be the offensive coordinator since he will probably be fired from San Diego.
    I will give Rick Smith the benefit of the doubt and let him stay for two more years but someone in the organization needs to realize we need to cut Kevin Walter asap as he is the #1 reason Andre Johnson struggles against elite teams. Walter is not a #2 wide reciever and please stop telling me how good he blocks to cover up the fact that he does not make plays in the passing game.

  10. I would rather kill myself than have to watch the Jaguars on Hard Knocks.

    The Texans would have been a terrific choice, but I guess they have their reasons why they turned them down. My suspicion is that HBO would discover that maybe there is a schism in the camp between the 2 coaches.

  11. you won one playoff game in your teams existence and now you are super bowl contenders? hah

  12. The Bengals swept the AFC north after hard knocks, so I don’t think it affects these teams in a negative way. If anything, it makes the players push even harder cuz they’re on camera.

  13. Dalucks is right. As much as I love the texans, kubes sucks. He just doesn’t get it. Poor clock management, can’t make adjustments, bad game plans. We’d be much better with bum’s kid running the show.

  14. What’s with all the irrational Kubiak hate here? The guy’s a pretty awesome NFL coach. His 5th round 3rd string QB played better than half the starters in the league! But people here are saying Kubiak sucks because Kevin Walter is on the team? Is it me or are commenters here getting stupider?

  15. robigd says:

    “you won one playoff game in your teams existence and now you are super bowl contenders? hah”

    Uh, yeah, actually we are. Anyone who follows the NFL would agree. Followers have a positive outlook for their favorite team when that team is actually good — they’re funny that way.

  16. fernjag says:

    “My suspicion is that HBO would discover that maybe there is a schism in the camp between the 2 coaches.”

    Huh? And you base this theory on what evidence?

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